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Wizkid’s “Bad to Me” Will Grow on You: Song Review

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GENRE: Afrobeats/Amapiano

LABEL: Starboy/RCA Records

It was only a matter of time before Wizkid would cross paths with Amapiano, the South African native sound that has held the Nigerian music landscape spellbound for the better part of the last two years.

Bad To Me is Wizkid’s triumphant return, following his ultra-successful Made in Lagos album. By now ardent Wizkid fans and keen music observers know the rodeo, Bad to Me is nothing but Wizkid’s attempt to gauge mass reception to his new and experimental sound. The track is destined to be musically nomadic just as fellow testers like Joro and Fever.

On his new musical offering, Wizkid intentionally departs from Asake’s wordy and Zinoleesky’s fast-paced approach to Amapiano songs, he deliberately and adamantly retains his characteristic mid-tempo sound in executing the track.

As far as lyrics and songwriting go, this is a Wizkid track, so of course, there is a lot to be desired, however, the track shines on the chorus where Wizkid’s deeper vocal tone soothes and paces the track while it perfectly sets up the group vocal call back “iye gege”.

This track will definitely debut to mixed reviews from musical audiences, mainly because it is an abrupt departure from the familiar and accessible versions of Amapiano (read Asake and Zinoleesky) but this track will grow on the listener and is also going to be the blueprint for Amapiano records going forward.

Come back to this review in six months’ time.

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